When we decided to battle for the honor of our police officers, we knew we wanted to team up with others who are already providing a great service. Immediately, we decided to make a significant change: We would donate 1/3 of our store profits to support worthy charities.
I was tasked with researching worthy charities and we found Concerns of Police Survivors first.
It was easy to find, because they have one of the highest ratings on the charity review sites. They have an excellent organizational efficiency to ensure most of the donor funds go towards supporting police survivors.
Below is the description of the charity from their website:
Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.
C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today C.O.P.S. membership is over 37,000 families. Members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria. C.O.P.S. is governed by a National Board of law enforcement survivors. All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri. C.O.P.S. has over 50 Chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level.
C.O.P.S. programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors’ Conference held each May during National Police Week, scholarships, peer-support at the national, state, and local levels, “C.O.P.S. Kids” counseling reimbursement program, the “C.O.P.S. Kids” Summer Camp, “C.O.P.S. Teens” Outward Bound experience for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, extended family, and co-workers, trial and parole support, and other assistance programs.
C.O.P.S. knows that a survivor’s level of distress is directly affected by the agency’s response to the tragedy. C.O.P.S., therefore, offers training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on how to respond to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession. C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. C.O.P.S. programs and services are funded by grants and donations.
Help C.O.P.S. Support Police Survivors
Officers are often reminded of the risk to their lives as they see their brothers and sisters who have laid down their lives in the line of duty. One of their main concerns is what will happen to their families if they make that sacrifice themselves.
That is why we have chosen to support and recommend Concerns of Police Survivors. They are an organization that helps provide a community for those affected families.
There are multiple ways you can support Concerns of Police Survivors:
The Thin Blue Line Custom Jewelry Store is donating 1/3 of all profits towards C.O.P.S. right now (Just click on one of the links below the images):
Also, here is a link to the C.O.P.S. website where you can find more information about donating:
C.O.P.S. has an excellent review at Charity Navigator: C.O.P.S – Charity Navigator Review